7/13/2018

My YouTube Guest Schedule

My YouTube channel is about encouragement more than travel or reviews. Overcoming Obstacles airs on Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern, Service Dog Friday is at 12 Noon and product reviews are on Wednesday. Inspirational people are joining us to discuss their challenges. These people are survivors. Past segments include camping and bushcrafting in a wheelchair, living with diabetes, a mom-daughter duo who both have epilepsy and more. You can see all past episodes on my YouTube playlist.

We are booking encouraging people for Fall 2018. The challenges faced can be anything from getting the courage to go job hunting, raising kids, coping with a major life challenge - or the challenge of learning a new skill or hobby. 

Have you faced a challenge head on or know of someone who has and wants to share it with others? Email me at gayle@gaylecrabtree.com to get the ball rolling.

Here are some of the great people that we have lined up in July. You'll find them on Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern or on Service Dog Friday at Noon. Click the links to find out more about them.

Sunday: July 15 at 9pm
Amber Rivers Homestead
The challenges of using solar on your home.

Friday: July 20, 12 Noon
Penny Cockrell
Life with a small-sized service dog.

Sunday: July 22, 9pm
Granny Monster
Making the most out of life

Friday: July 27 at 12 Noon
Sam Winter, Vet Tech
How to keep your service dog healthy in the summer

Sunday: July 29
Kasandra
@djtoepaze on Instagram
College life as an art major at a university

August 5
Alexandria
Music director and musician on
Life with Epilepsy 

Check back for schedule updates as they happen!

Home

3/02/2018

Homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina

This video of homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina should make anyone's blood boil. Yossi Gallo was doing the right thing. He saw a homeless man by the McDonald's and decided to buy him lunch. What he got was no Happy Meal. The police arrived before the men even got their food - food bought and paid for by Yossi Gallo. Management decided the homeless man was trespassing and wanted him kicked out of the restaurant.

A meal given to a homeless person.
Copyright: Gayle Crabtree
In the video, you can see an officer politely explaining to the hungry customer that management felt like he was trespassing. You can also see that the homeless man was being kicked out of the McDonald's before he had hardly even unwrapped his food.

Yossi Gallo becomes understandably upset when he sees his act of kindness essentially stolen from the homeless man.  Then unbelievably, the manager decides that Yossi Gallo needs to go and refuses to give him a refund.

The homeless man is in tears by the end of the video. All he hoped for was something to eat. Can you imagine his anguish? Or that of Yossi Gallo who thought he was doing something nice for a guy who is down on his luck?

Copyright Gayle Crabtree
This makes me angry.

YouTube personality Rebel State Soverign was able to sit down for a few minutes to interview Mr. Gallo. You can hear his thoughts of what went down we he too, was kicked out of the McDonald's in South Carolina.

Before you watch the video consider this:

1:7 American's rely on food pantries for basic foods. (USA Today)
500,000 people in the U.S. were homeless in 2015 (Reuters)
23% of the homeless are veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs)
89% of homeless veterans received an honorable discharge (National Coalition for the Homeless)
63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence (National Coalition for the Homeless)

Could you be arrested or fined for feeding the homeless?


25 States have at least one city where you can go to jail for giving food to a homeless person. (NPR)




Suggested reading:

What poor people really need in a food pantry box
My encounter with a homeless person at Chick-fil-A
Homeless man returns diamond ring : Lesson for us all

2/23/2018

How to monetize a blog or YouTube channel to make money online

You have heard about the YouTube demonetization if you are on any kind of social media platform. The earning threshold has been jacked up to a whopping 4,000 hours of watchtime and 1,000 subscribers! In my opinion, that's a lot to ask. But, stay positive. There are lots of way to monetize that don't have anything to do with a YouTube channel.

The implosions of Associated Content, Yahoo! Contributor Network, Geocities and others taught me to diversify income streams a long time ago. You can do it too. I'll share some of my ideas of how to make money online. Please share yours in the comments below. The list is in alphabetical order.

Here are some of the ways that I make money online. How do you do it? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.


A
Adsense - I know what you're thinking, but relax. I helps on my blog, if not my channel.
Affiliate marketing - Amazon, CJ Junction and others
Amazon - Purchases that you make from my site help me out. My shop is www.amazon.com/shop/gaylecrabtree

B
Books - In addition to Does God Still Love Me, I've had three books out in the past and retired a couple of them. Another is due out late this spring.

C
Commission Junction - Affiliate marketing. They are a clearinghouse of sorts for lots of companies.

E
Etsy - Many of the sales in my Etsy shop come from you guys. 
Ebooks - I've self-published through Lulu in the past and plan to again. You can also publish Ebooks through Amazon Kindle. 

G
Groupon Partner - I love this site. Not only do I earn when people purchase, but the deals here help people save money.

L
Lulu - self publishing platform for books and ebooks. They are very straightforward on pricing and terms. I've used them a few times in the past and plan to again.

Motivational Speaking - Did you know that I've given motivation talks in jails, shelters, at ladies conferences and even at the Lincoln Memorial? Get the scoop at Imagine Publicity.

P
Patreon (Coming soon!)

S
Sponsorships - blog posts, product reviews on vlogs and sponsored tweets. Email me at gayle@gaylecrabtree.com for more information.
Speaking - Local speaking opportunities, podcasts, Skype calls and everything in between. 

T
Textbroker (Although not blog monetization, it is a company that I enjoy writing for occasionally. They have always paid on time, which is also nice.)

Y
YouTube - Eventually. For newbies who may be reading this, YouTube will not monetize videos until you have over 1000 subscribers and over 4,000 hours in watch time. youtube.com/gaylecrabtree

Z
Zazzle - I sell photos and other products through my Zazzle store and you can too Crabtree Photography

These are the ways that I make money on my blogs and vlogs. How do you do it? Leave me a comment below.